Mark Stoops will introduce Will Levis to his first rivalry game against Louisville this week, and the coach likes his quarterback’s ability to bring an edge to him.

At his Monday press conference, Stoops shared that Levis’ competitive nature stands out.

“What I love about him, he’s going to get pissed, but nothing is going to rattle him. He’s going to get right back in there and not flinch,” Stoops said.

Levis is coming off a huge game against New Mexico State where he passed for 419 yards and 4 touchdowns, the most in a game for a UK quarterback since Andre Woodson against Tennessee in 2007.

Stoops added that Kentucky has has 2 classes of players who have never played Louisville, a reality around the country as most programs skipped their non-conference rivalry game last year because of the pandemic. Stoops said he feels like he has to do some things this week to introduce them to what this game means to both programs.

UK has won 2 straight in the series, and 3 of the last 4, and leads the all-time matchup 17-15.

H/T Mark Story and Jeff Drummond.